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The Stillness of Summer

Paintings of Donegal by Emma Cownie

Before I moved to Donegal, if you had asked me to name a constant feature of Donegal weather, I would have said the wind.  Don’t get me wrong – the air here is refreshing. It’s like drinking water when you are thirsty.  My husband says its the negative ions. There is usually a breeze, sometimes its a gentle one but in autumn and winter it can become a punishing gale that howls around the house, making it hard to sleep at night.

We have a grey breezy day here today, with rain forecast for later. Hopefully the breeze will help blow away the midges that are hanging around our garden.  Midges, if you havent come across them  before, are tiny flying insects that, at best annoy you and at worst bite you. The Irish version may or may not be related to the infamous Highland version, I am not sure. Yesterday afternoon we watched them swarming in a cloud outside our kitchen door! They like grey damp days, not like the days in my three paintings!

These paintings attempt to capture this summer’s stillness when there was very little breeze and it was uncharacteristically hot. Clouds are usually a feature of the skies here but there were several days when there were none.  It’s climate change manifesting itself in these spates of hot summer days and (soon to come) fierce autumn and winter storms.

Painting of houses Meenacladdy Donegal Ireland
Meemacladdy, Donegal, Ireland
Landscape painting of houses at Lines, Marameelan
Electricity Lines, Marameelan (Donegal)
Painting of Irish house in Donegal
Not a Cloud in the Sky (Bloody Foreland)

20 thoughts on “The Stillness of Summer

  1. Summer’s stillness beautifully captured. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I am glad you liked them, Goff

      1. Pleasure. Great paintings. Have a great day.

  2. Love the colour of the sky in Electricity Lines.

  3. I feel as if I am walking down those lanes with you, Emma. My favourite is the last one, with the delightful touch of the washing on the line.

    1. Thank you, Anne. The last one has grown on me. I find it calming to look at.

  4. You have captured that summer light so well.

    1. Thank you, Leonie. It’s different from the usual light here.

  5. So atmospheric Emma. They so remind me of Edward Hopper. Great work.

  6. I can feel the stillness in your paintings. Janet.

    1. Thank you, Janet. Donegal is usually quite a restless place too!

  7. Very peaceful images. The lack of trees amazes me.

    1. That’s the Atlantic wind, I think. It’s a very exposed coast. There are a few few trees in sheltered places.

  8. Beautiful!

  9. I like the clothesline too. Just to let you know, I noticed that the url in the header is missing a letter.

    1. Thank you, Peggy. I’ll check that.

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